Player Development Update - December 3


MF Luis Gil Comes off Bench in Generation adidas’ 2-1 Win over Real Madrid Reserves;

RSL-Arizona Squads to Take Part in this Weekend’s 2010 US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Phoenix;

Grande Sports World to Host RSL Open Combine Dec. 16-18 in Casa Grande, AZ


SANDY, Utah / CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Friday, December 3, 2010) – The ever-shrinking offseason for Major League Soccer has begun, but there is still plenty of news surrounding Real Salt Lake on the player development side of the Utah club’s operations:


MF Luis Gil Comes off Bench in Generation adidas’ 2-1 Win over Real Madrid Reserves;

Real Salt Lake MF Luis Gil has joined 18 fellow members of the MLS Generation adidas program on a 10-day trip to Madrid, Spain, a journey which began with an overnight flight on Monday and will include exhibition contests against reserve sides from a trio of Spanish First and Second Division clubs before their return stateside next Thursday.


The MLS contingent got past perhaps its biggest test of the tour on Thursday, when the Generation adidas squad posted a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid Castilla, the reserve side for Real Madrid, on the strength of first half goals by Teal Bunbury (Sporting KC) and Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew). Gil would come off the bench for FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman’s team, playing the final 18 minutes in place of former RSL-Arizona product and current Houston Dynamo member MF Danny Cruz.


The Generation adidas team will practice daily at Real Madrid’s “City of Football” training complex through Monday before closing out the tour with matches against the Rayo Vallecano FC reserves on Tuesday and the Atletico Madrid reserves on Wednesday. It won’t be all business for the young MLS’ers while abroad, as the squad will have ample opportunities to soak in the sights and sounds of Madrid, including the chance to take in a La Liga fixture over the weekend and Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League contest against Auxerre on Wednesday at the famed Santiago Bernabeu.


MLS Generation adidas 2010 Tour Roster

Chicago Fire: Corben Bone, Baggio Husidic, Sean Johnson

Columbus Crew: Dilly Duka

FC Dallas: Peri Marosevic, Brek Shea, Andrew Wiedeman

Houston Dynamo: Danny Cruz

Los Angeles Galaxy: Tristan Bowen

New York Red Bulls: Juan Agudelo, Tony Tchani

Philadelphia Union: Jack McInerney, Danny Mwanga, Amobi Okugo

Portland Timbers: Jeremy Hall

Real Salt Lake: Luis Gil

San Jose Earthquakes: Ike Opara

Sporting KC: Teal Bunbury

Toronto FC: Stefan Frei

Coach and Staff (FC Dallas): Schellas Hyndman, Andrew Michael Keeshan, Marcus Owens, Joshua Watts


RSL-Arizona Squads to Take Part in this Weekend’s 2010 US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Phoenix

The RSL-Arizona Academy will have a home-field advantage of sorts this weekend, when the program’s U15/U16 and U17/U18 teams will be among the dozens of clubs taking part in the 2010 US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase at the Reach 11 Soccer Complex in Phoenix (2425 E. Deer Valley Road). All 78 clubs that comprise the US Soccer Development Academy will be represented at the tournament, including U15/U16 and U17/U18 teams representing 14 Major League Soccer sides. The RSL-Arizona U17/U18 squad will feature a pair of Salt Lake City natives that have joined the residency program at its home base of Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. – defender Phanuel Kavita and defender Maikon Orellana.


Both RSL-Arizona Academy squads will take to the field first on Saturday against their counterparts from the famed IMG Academy of Bradenton, Fla., with the U18’s kicking off at 9:00 a.m. and the U16’s to follow at 11:15 a.m. (all times PT), both matches taking place on Reach 11’s Field #5. RSL-Arizona will then close out play against a pair of Texas-based programs, first taking on the Dallas Texans on Sunday (U18’s @ 10:00 a.m., U16’s @ 12:15 p.m.; both on Field #16) before wrapping up on Tuesday against Texas Rush Auxerre at 1:30 p.m. (U18’s on Field #3, U16’s on Field #2).


Grande Sports World to Host RSL Open Combine Dec. 14-16 in Casa Grande, AZ

Real Salt Lake has announced the team will host its 2010 RSL Open Combine from December 14-16 at the prestigious Grande Sports World training center in Casa Grande, Ariz. Members of the RSL First Team staff and RSL-Arizona Academy Director Greg Vanney will be on hand to conduct sessions and evaluate players for the upcoming 2011 MLS SuperDraft, as well as players to track for 2012.

The goal of the RSL Open Combine is to identify quality players who have flown under the radar for any number of reasons. Real Salt Lake and the RSL-AZ Academy take pride in their programs’ hard-work, character, and team-first mentality, and are looking for players that will mesh with these core philosophies.

Players participating in the RSL Open Combine will eat, train and sleep at the Francisco Grande Hotel and Gold Resort, which is adjacent to the Grande Sports World complex. The registration fee for the combine is $350.00, which includes meals, hotel accommodations, and the trial fee. Players who perform well in the Open Combine may be asked to stay for the “invite-only” combine, following from December 16-18.

Players interested in securing a spot in the RSL Open Combine must fill out and submit the RSL Pro Soccer Combine application and waiver and make payment via fax or U.S. Mail. To receive more information or request an application for the RSL Open Combine, please contact Mike Munoz by phone at 510-717-3155 or via email at For more information on the host facility, visit Grande Sports World’s website, located at, or their Facebook page, located at /